A Norfolk man graduated Saturday from the first off-campus Emergency Management Advanced Academy.
Norfolk’s Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response Jim Redick was one of 19 students to graduate from the academy at an afternoon ceremony held in Chesterfield, according to a Virginia Department of Emergency news release.
The academy, which is part of the Emergency Management Professional Program, aims to improve the ability of emergency officials to respond to disasters. Academy students build leadership skills, learn management techniques and practice strategic thinking.
Virginia is the first state to offer the academy outside of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Institute’s Maryland campus. Florida is following behind with a class set to graduate in upcoming months, the release states.
“Virginia was an ideal place to offer the first off-campus Emergency Management Advanced Academy because of our long-standing relationship with EMI,” said Dr. Jeffrey Stern, Virginia’s state coordinator of emergency management, referring to FEMA’s Maryland institute. “Also, Virginia has been faced with a wide range of emergency management challenges—hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, flooding, mudslides and the 9/11 terrorist attack.”
Those interested in attending a future EMAA should email the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Training, Education and Exercise Division at EMTraining@vdem.virginia.gov